This research seeks to quantify the flow volume of rainfall-derived inflow (RDI) from residential foundation drains (also known as weeping tile). The results suggest that the RDI from residential foundation drains can contribute up to 85% of the total volume in sanitary sewers should they be connected. Disconnecting residential foundation drains can significantly reduce the flow volume in the sanitary sewer by 78%. Research also developed guidance for authorities for how to collect data efficiently in the future for basement flooding projects. Results indicated that a minimum of 39 storm events data are needed to be collected in order to produce a statistically sound estimation of RDI. This research also investigated the merit of using lot-level modelling techniques in stormwater management models in order to compare the efficiency of low impact development at residential lot-levels. This research evaluates the benefit of installing LID on residential properties to reduce surface runoff during storm events and considers the effect of climate change on increased large rainfall events and LID performance to reduce surface runoff.
Graduate student theses:
Dusolt, S. (2019). Evaluating the Performance of Backwater Valves as a Lot-Level Approach to Reduce Basement Flooding in Canadian Homes. Master’s of Applied Science thesis, School of Engineering, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada.
Dusolt, S., Binns, A.D., McBean, E.A., Gharabaghi, B., Sandink, D. (to be submitted). An experimental investigation of maintenance requirements due to debris build-up in backwater valves installed on household sewer laterals. To be submitted to Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.
Dusolt, S., Binns, A.D., McBean, E.A., Gharabaghi, B., Sandink, D. (2020). Characterization of backwater valves in sanitary sewer laterals and associated failures in a Canadian context. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, (ja).
Irwin, S., Howlett, C., Binns, A.D., Sandink, D. (2018). Mitigation of Basement Flooding due to Sewer Backup: Overview and Experimental Investigation of Backwater Valve Performance. Natural Hazards Review, 19(4), 04018020.
Conference abstracts and presentations:
Binns, A.D., Gharabaghi, B., McBean, E.A., Sandink, D. (2019). Session: Flood reduction at home: lot-level practices to improve management of urban flood risk and mitigate basement flooding. Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) 2019 National Conference, 26-31 May, Collingwood, Canada.
McBean, E.A., Binns, A.D., Gharabaghi, B. (2019). Research perspective on lot-level practices to reduce the risk of basement flooding. Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) 2019 National Conference, 26-31 May, Collingwood, Canada.
Dusolt, S., Binns, A.D., McBean, E.A. (2018). Evaluating the performance of backwater valves as a lot-level approach to reducing basement flooding in Canadian homes. University of Guelph World Water Day, 22 March, Guelph, Ontario.
Dusolt, S., Binns, A.D., McBean, E.A. (2018). Evaluating the performance of backwater valves as a lot-level approach to reducing basement flooding in Canadian homes. 51st International Conference on Water Management Modeling (ICWMM), 28 February-1 March, Toronto, Canada.
Binns, A.D. (2016). Lot-level protection measures to improve resiliency to basement flood events. 2016 Livable Cities Forum, 12-14 September, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
-Documentation of common causes of backwater valve failure
-Development of a novel methodology and experimental design for evaluating debris build-up in backwater valves
-Evaluation of patterns and temporal rate of debris build-up in backwater valves